Pirates cool off surging Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Anderson pitched eight solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on in the ninth, beating the Cubs 6-5 Sunday and ending Chicago’s five-game winning streak.
Wilmer Difo had three hits and drove in three runs as the Pirates won for just the third time in their last 20 games at Wrigley Field.
“It was nice to see our lineup up and down contribute,” manager Derek Shelton said.
Held to two runs and four hits by Anderson (3-3), the Cubs made it close in the ninth.
Reliever Kyle Crick hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch and walked Kris Bryant before getting David Bote on a flyout. Richard Rodriguez took over and gave up an RBI single to Joc Pederson singled with two outs that made it 6-3.
Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run double, but Rodriguez retired pinch-hitter Javier Baez on a grounder to end it for his sixth save.
Kyle Hendricks (2-4) allowed six runs — four earned — and nine hits in five innings.
Todd Frazier and Kevin Newman had two hits apiece for the Pirates, who scored their highest run total in nine games.
Anderson struck out six and walked one to beat the Cubs for the first time in three starts this season. He retired his final 13 batters.
“You have to be really disciplined against him,” Rizzo said. “He had his good stuff.”
Pederson had three hits for the Cubs, who were trying for their first undefeated homestand of at least six games since August 2015, when they beat San Francisco in four games and Milwaukee in three.
The Pirates scored four times in the first. Jacob Stallings had an RBI grounder with the bases loaded, Difo hit a two-run single off Hendricks and Vargas made a throwing error from shortstop.
Difo added an RBI triple and another run scored on third baseman Matt Duffy’s error for a 6-1 lead in the third. Hendricks threw a seven-inning complete game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in his last start.